Mary Karlzen, “Shine” (Y&T Music)
Mary Karlzen’s first album in 14 years is a various ensemble that features an Irish-tinged ballad, a rustic duo, heartland rock, a piano waltz, and a brief monitor that it was recorded for a Miami label.
“When your life is out of attain,” he sings, “go to the seaside.”
The expansive method of “Shine” suits in with Karlzen’s versatile voice, which like Nanci Griffith and Julie Miller can sound each whispery and steely, and vibrant in his duet with Radney Foster, “You Nonetheless Belong to Me.” A superb forged additionally consists of Garry Tallent, Kenny Aronoff, Greg Leisz, Ken Coomer and Daniel Tashian, who received two Grammy Awards for co-producing Kacey Musgraves’ groundbreaking 2018 album “Golden Hour.”
Karlzen, a former Miamian now dwelling in Milwaukee, has written a great batch of songs with wacky tunes masking a wide range of subjects, from mentoring and forgiveness to unrealized potential and a brighter tomorrow. “I will Be There” is a poignant parental pledge of allegiance, whereas the rocker “Dumb Recreation” outlines a distinct set of feelings and delivers a superb parting line: “I am so sorry I took you significantly.”
Better of all is the title minimize, an intimate, considerate and thought-provoking ending. “That is all there’s?” Karlzen sings, leaving the listener wanting extra.
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